Ministry partner update: ICOMB – February 2022

Introducing the Global Family

Iglesia Cristiana de Paz en México

ICOMB Member Conference

The Mexican conference has nine congregations and 479 baptized members, led by pastor Carlos Ortega. Two churches are from the city of Tijuana, one from the State of Mexico, one from Colima, and five from the metropolitan area of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco. On 5 February 2022, the Mennonite Brethren in Mexico, known as ICPM (for its acronym in Spanish, Iglesia Cristiana de Paz en México), will celebrate its annual assembly.  

However, COVID-19 infections of the new variant (Omicron) have spread in these first weeks of the year. Pray that all pastors will be able to attend and have no health problems and that this event will fulfill its purpose of uniting and strengthening the churches of Mexico.

Preaching the gospel on a hill in Tijuana

Pastor Gilmar Reyes of the Cruising for Jesus Church walks the streets of Tijuana with a megaphone and a message.

One day before hosting an evangelistic event, just like John the Baptist, pastor Gilmar Reyes of the Cruising for Jesus Church got up early with a megaphone to walk the streets of the Lomas del Encinal neighborhood in Tijuana. He invited the area to this event, where he shared the gospel and preached.  

The event took place on 8 January 2022. They also had the opportunity to share community services such as medical attention, food and toys for the children. 

Training inside and outside Mexico 

Thanks to God and the Aquila and Priscilla Institute of Paraguay training, last year (2021), several leaders and pastors of the HM Conference in Mexico were trained as teachers to teach classes in the different churches of the ICPM. This Institute has been a great blessing for the churches and is a tool that helps us with the discipleship and spiritual maturity of our members.  

This year (2022), two young newlyweds from La Cantera church are sent to study at the IBA Institute in Asuncion, Paraguay. They have expressed the following: “We know that God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect, we have a great sorrow for the churches in our country, we have a willing heart to go, prepare ourselves and return to work in the churches of our conference.” These words were of encouragement; the church will support their growth and calling from God.  

We ask for your prayers so that God will continue to provide the means, and the church in Mexico will continue to train and prepare for the glory of God. 

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 22 national churches in 19 countries. ICOMB also has associate members in more than 20 countries, all at different points along the pathway to full membership. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its member national churches - connecting, strengthening and expanding.

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